A Perfect Circle - Imagine




Imagine there's no heaven,
It's easy if you try,
No hell below us,
Above us only sky,
Imagine all the people
living for today...

Imagine there's no countries,
It isn't hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace...


You may say Im a dreamer,
but Im not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.


Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say Im a dreamer,
but Im not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world will live as one.

Imagine no possessions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man,
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say Im a dreamer,
but Im not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world will live as one.

Weezer - Pumped Up Kicks

Robert Anton Wilson - Prometheus Rising (book)

THE ORAL BIO-SURVIVAL
CIRCUIT
Genes, like Leibnitz's monads, have no windows; the higher
properties of life are emergent.
— Edward Wilson, Sociobiology

Freudians suggest that opiate addiction is an attempt to return
to the womb. In keeping with our theory, it is more likely that
opium and its derivatives return us to the "safe space" on the biosurvival
circuit, the warm, snug place of bio-security; opiates
may trigger neuro-transmitters' characteristic of breast-feeding.
In summary: the bio-survival circuit is DNA-programmed to
seek a comfort-safety zone around a mothering organism. If a
mother isn't present, the closet substitute in the environment will
be imprinted.

It must be stressed that we are still in a primitive stage of
evolution and conditions on this planet are quite brutal

It must be stressed that we are still in a primitive stage of
evolution and conditions on this planet are quite brutal. Radical
pediatricians insist, with good evidence, that childbirth by
conventional means in a conventional hospital is almost always
traumatic for the newborn—creates a bad imprint, in our language.
Our child-rearing methods are far from ideal also, adding
bad conditioning on top of bad imprinting. And the general
violence of our societies to date—including wars, revolutions,
civil wars and the "undeclared civil war" of the predatory criminal
class in every "civilized" nation—keeps the first circuit of
most people in an emergency state far too much of the time

In 1968, a U.S. Public Health survey showed that 85% of the
population had one or more symptoms that we would call bad
first-circuit imprinting or conditioning. These symptoms
included dizzy spells, heart palpitations, wet palms and frequent
nightmares.
This means that 85 out of the next 100 people you meet
should be regarded as, more or less, "the Walking Wounded."
This is the first level of meaning in our brutal, cynical
proposition that most people are almost as mechanical as sci-fi
robots. A man or woman entering a new situation with the anxiety
chemicals1 of a frightened infant coursing through the brain
stem is not going to be able to observe, judge or decide anything
very accurately.
And this is why Gurdjieff said, in his own jargon, that people
are asleep and having nightmares.

To these first Christians, as to the Buddhists, awakening literally
meant coming out of this nightmare of terrifying fantasies.
In our terminology, it means correcting the editing that cause us
to behave and perceive like very badly (inappropriately) wired
robots and suddenly seeing the unedited world.

It must be emphasized that this circuit, being the oldest in
evolutionary development, is the most mechanical, and the most
rapid. One is not conscious of time at all on the bio-survival
circuit. Observe the speed of your dog's reaction at the first
sound of an intruder: the threatening bark, and the movement of
the whole body to alert status, is automatic. Then the dog starts
taking in other cues, to determine how this particular intruder
should be treated.
Imagine that you are a monkey and you're running along a
path past a rock and unexpectedly meet face to face another
animal. Now, before you know whether to attack it, to flee it,
or to ignore it, you must make a series of decisions. Is it
monkey or non-monkey? If non-monkey, is it pro-monkey or
anti-monkey? If monkey, is it male or female? If female, is she
interested? If male, is it adult or juvenile? If adult, is it of my
group or some other?... You have about one fifth of a second
to make all these decisions, or you could be attacked.

The bio-survival program first attaches to the safe space
around the mother (oral imprint), and then with age moves
further and further out, exploring what is safe and what is not.
Without hard-wired genetic programs (i.e., automatic programs)
this second stage would be impossible, and no mammal would
ever leave the teat. The hard-wired programs act automatically
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(UNCONSCIOUSLY) because if you had to stop and think out
each situation, you would be eaten by the first predator.

Of course, the imprint is made by chance — by the circumstances
at the moment of imprint vulnerability. (Recall the
gosling who imprinted the ping-pong ball.) Some imprint bravery,
inquisitiveness and the exploratory drive; others imprint
timidity, infophobia (fear of the unpredictable) and withdrawal,
of which the extreme case is the sad imprint called autism or
childhood schizophrenia.
All of which is robotic, until one learns how to reprogram and
reimprint one's own brain circuits. In most cases, such metaprogramming
skill is never acquired. It all goes by in a flash, on
mechanical auto-pilot, in zero time. "I just found myself doing
it," says the soldier as he is being court-martialled for cowardice
or decorated for bravery
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Every social animal has, in addition to the Darwinian
"instinct" (genetic program) of self-preservation, a similar
"instinct" to protect the gene-pool. This is the basis of altruism,
and social animals could not survive without it.
Wild dogs (and wolves) bark to warn the rest of the pack that
an intruder is coming. Your domesticated dog identifies you as a
pack-leader; he barks to warn you that an intruder is coming. (He
also barks, of course, to warn the intruder that he is ready to fight
for his territory.)
As civilization has advanced, the pack-bond (the tribe, the
extended family) has been broken. This is the root of the widely
diagnosed "anomie" or "alienation" or "existential anguish"
about which so many social critics have written so eloquently.
What has happened is that the conditioning of the bio-survival
bond to the gene-pool has been replaced by a conditioning of
bio-survival drives to hook onto the peculiar tickets which we
call "money".

Bio-survival depends on getting the tickets. "You can't live
without money," as the Living Theatre troop used to cry out in
anguish. If the tickets are withdrawn, acute bio-survival anxiety
appears at once.
Imagine, as vividly as possible, what you would feel, and
what you would do, if all your sources to bio-survival tickets
(money) were cut off tomorrow. This is precisely what tribal
men and women feel if cut off from the tribe; it is why exile, or
even ostracism, were sufficient punishments to enforce tribal
conformity throughout most of human history. As recently as
Shakespeare's day the threat of exile was an acute terror signal
("Banished!" cries Romeo, "the damned use that word in Hell!")
In traditional society, belonging to the tribe was bio-security;
exile was terror, and real threat of death. In modern society,
having the tickets (money) is bio-security; having the tickets
withdrawn is terror.

Welfare-ism, socialism, totalitarianism, etc. represent attempts,
in varying degrees of rationality and hysteria, to re-create
the tribal bond by making the State stand-in for the gene-pool.

Conservatives who claim that no form of Welfare is tolerable to
them are asking that people live with total bio-survival anxiety
and anomie combined with terror. The conservatives, of course,
vaguely recognize this and ask for "local charity" to replace
State Welfare — i.e., they ask for the gene-pool to be restored by
magic, among people (denizens of a typical city) who are not
genetically related at all.

On the other hand, the State is not a gene-pool or a tribe, and
cannot really play the bio-survival unit convincingly. Everybody
on Welfare becomes paranoid, because they are continually worrying
that they are going to get cut off ("exiled") for some minor
infraction of the increasingly incomprehensible bureaucratic
rules. And in real totalitarianism, in which the bogus identification
of the State with the tribe is carried to the point of a new
mysticism, the paranoia becomes total.

Real bonding can only occur in face-to-face groups of reasonable
size. Hence, the perpetual attempt (however implausible in
industrial circumstances) to decentralize, to go back to the tribal
ethos, to replace the State with syndicates (as in anarchism) or
affinity-groups (Reich's "Consciousness III"). Recall the hippie
crash-pad of the sixties, which lives on in many rural communes.


Back in the real world, the tickets called "money" are the biosurvival
bond for most people.

Anti-Semitism is a complex
aberration, of many facets and causes, but in its classic form (the
"Jewish Bankers' Conspiracy") it simply holds that a hostile
gene-pool controls the tickets for bio-security. Such paranoia is
inevitable in a money economy; junkies have similar myths
about who controls the supply of heroin. Thus, as anti-Semitism
has declined in America, the "Bankers' Conspiracy" lives on in a
new form. Now the villains are old New England WASP families,
the "Yankee Establishment." Some Leftists will even show
you charts of the genealogies of these WASP bankers, the way
anti-Semites used to show Rothschild genealogies.

the alpa male eat first:the runts of the litter get whatever is left over

C.H. Douglas, the engineer and economist, once made up a
chart, which he showed to the MacMillan Commission in 1932
when they were discussing money and credit regulation. The
chart graphed the rise and fall of interest rates from the defeat of
Napoleon in 1812 to the date the Commission met in 1932, and
on the same scale, the rise and fall of the suicide rate in that one
twenty-year period.
The two curves were virtually identical. Every time the interest
rate went up, so did the suicide rate; when interest went
down, so did suicide. This can hardly be "coincidence." When
interest rises, a certain number of businessmen go bankrupt, a
certain number of workers are thrown out of their jobs, and
everybody's bio-survival anxiety generally increases.

Marxists and other radicals are urgently aware of such factors
in "mental health" and hence scornful of all types of academic
psychology which ignore these bio-survival issues. Unfortunately,
the Marxist remedy—making everybody dependent for
bio-survival on the whims of a State bureaucracy—is a cure
worse than the disease.

Bio-survival anxiety will only permanently disappear when
world-wide wealth has reached a level, and a distribution, where,
without totalitarianism, everyone has enough tickets.

Extreme cases—persons who take their heaviest imprint on
the first (oral) circuit—tend to be viscerotonic, because this
imprint determines lifelong endocrine and glandular processes.
Thus, in extreme they are "baby-faced" in adult life, never lose
their "baby-fat," are plump and round and gentle, etc. They are
easily "hurt" (threatened: terrified) by disapproval of any sort,
because in the baby-circuit of the brain, disapproval suggests
extinction by loss of the food supply.

This "playfulness" is a marked characteristic of all conspicuously
healthy individuals of the sort Maslow calls "selfactualizers."

If this initial imprint is negative—if the universe in general
and other humans in particular are imprinted as dangerous,
hostile and frightening—the Prover will go on throughout life
adjusting all perceptions to fit this map. This is what is known as
the "Injustice Collector" syndrome (in the language of Dr.
Edmund Bergler). The female members of this imprint goup
become Radical Feminists; the male members are less organized
and can be found in fringe groups of the extreme Left and
extreme Right.

Such a pattern is unconscious in three ways. It is unconscious
because automatic: it happens without thought, as a robot program.
It is also unconscious because it began before the infant
had language and hence it is pre-verbal, inarticulate, felt rather
than considered. And it is unconscious because it is all-over-thebody-
at-once. Specifically, it is characterized by the Respiratory
Block first noted by Wilhelm Reich: a chronic muscular armoring
that prevents proper, relaxed breathing. Popular speech
recognizes this state as "being up-tight."

As Gregory Bateson has pointed out. Konrad Lorenz acquired
his marvelous insights into the imprinting process—for which he
won the Nobel prize—by consciously imitating the body movements
of the animals he was studying. Watching Lorenz lecture,
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one could "see" each animal he discussed, because Lorenz would
dramatize or "become" that animal, in the manner of a Method
Actor.


If you can't understand somebody's "irrational" behavior,
start by observing their breathing. You will very quickly get an
idea of what is bothering them. This is why all schools of yoga—
Buddhist, Hindu or Sufi—place such emphasis on restoring natural
breathing before trying to move the student on to higher
circuits and wider consciousness.

Throughout human life, when the bio-survival circuit senses
danger, all other mental activity ceases. All other circuits shut
down until the bio-survival problem is "solved," realistically or
symbolically. This is of crucial importance in mind-washing and
brain-programming.
To create a new imprint, first reduce the subject to the state of
infancy, i.e., bio-survival vulnerability. We will enlarge upon this
later.
In pre-neurological terms, the bio-survival circuit is what we
usually call "consciousness," per se. It is the sense of being herenow,
in this vulnerable body, subject to the raw energies and
forces of the physical universe. When we are "unconscious," the
bio-survival circuit is turned off and doctors may cut us up without
our attempting to flee or even crying out.

THE ANAL EMOTIONAL
TERRITORIAL CIRCUIT
Run, puppy, run!
Run, puppy, run!
Yonder comes the big dog —
Run, puppy, run!
— Children's rhyme


Without going into the
jungles with the ethologists, one can observe this mammalian
imprinting process in any litter of puppies. It is very quickly
determined who is TOP DOG and who is BOTTOM DOG.

To quote from my novel Schrodinger's Cat:
Most of the domesticated primates of Terra did not know they
were primates. They thought they were something apart from
and "superior" to the rest of the planet.
Even Benny Benedict's "One Month to Go" column was
based on that illusion. Benny had actually read Darwin once,
in college a long time ago, and had heard of sciences like
ethology and ecology, but the facts of evolution had never
really registered on him. He never thought of himself as a
primate. He never realized his friends and associates were
primates. Above all, he never understood that the alpha males
of Unistat were typical leaders of primate bands. As a result of
this inability to see the obvious, Benny was constantly alarmed

and terrified by the behavior of himself, his friends and associates
and especially the alpha males of the pack. Since he didn't
know it was ordinary primate behavior, it seemed just awful to
him.
Since a great deal of primate behavior was considered just
awful, most of the domesticated primates spent most of their
time trying to conceal what they were doing.
Some of the primates got caught by other primates. All of
the primates lived in dread of getting caught.
Those who got caught were called no-good shits.
The term no-good shit was a deep expression of primate
psychology. For or instance, one wild primate (a chimpanzee)
taught sign language by two domesticated primates (scientists)
spontaneously put together the signs for "shit" and "scientist"
to describe a scientist she didn't like. She was calling him shitscientist.
She also put together the signs for "shit" and
"chimpanzee" for another chimpanzee she didn't like. She was
calling him shit-chimpanzee.
"You no-good shit," domesticate primates often said to
each other.
This metaphor was deep in primate psychology because
primates mark their territories with excretions, and sometimes
they threw excretions at each other when disputing over territories.


One of the most admired alpha-males in the Kingdom of
the Franks was General Canbronne. General Canbronne won
this adulation for the answer he gave when asked to surrender
at Waterloo.
"Merde," was the answer General Canbronne gave.
The word petard means a kind of bomb. It comes from the
same Olde English root as fart.
General Canbronne's mentality was typical of the alphamales
of the military caste.
When primates went to war or got violent in other ways,
they always said they were about to knock the shit out of the
enemy.
They also spoke of dumping on each other.
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The standard "authority" reflex on the emotional-territorial
circuit is to swell the muscles and howl. You will find this
among birds as well as mammals, and in the Board meeting of
your local bank. The standard "submission" reflex is to shrink
the muscles, lower the head, and "crawl away." You will find
this among dogs, primates, fowl and employees who wish to
keep their jobs everywhere.

the anal (Patrist) territorial circuit.
In pre-ethological terms, the emotional-territorial circuit is
what we usually call "ego." Ego is simply the mammalian recognition
of one's status in the pack; it is a "role" as sociologists
say, a single brain circuit which mistakes itself for the whole
Self, the entire brain-mind apparatus. The "egotist" behaves like
"a two year old," in the common saying, because Ego is the
imprint of the toddling and toilet-training stage.

In terms of the present theory, the
differences between domesticated primates (humans) and other
domesticated animals are virtually nil, as long as we are talking
only about the first two circuits. (Since most people spend most
of their time on these primitive circuits, the differences are often
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much less obvious than the similarities.) Real differences begin
to appear when the third, semantic circuit enters the picture.

MOST MAMMALS MARK THEIR TERRITORIES WITH
EXCRETIONS. DOMESTICATED PRIMATES MARK THEIR
TERRITORIES WITH INK EXCRETIONS ON PAPER.

The average dog has a
vocabulary of around 150 words, and within that semantic
universe is quite bright. It is very easy to teach a dog the meaning
of "Sit," "Stay," "Attack," etc.; and the dog will learn the
meaning of "walk" and "food" even without your trying to teach
him. The problem begins when the novice expects the dog to
understand something like "No, no, Fritz—anywhere else in the
bedroom, but not on the bed." Even a non-English-speaking
human would not grasp that, except vaguely.
The dog gives up
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on such sentences and guesses what he can from your mammalian
(and unconscious) body-language.

Often, they become body-builders, weight-lifters etc.
and have an extraordinary absorption in demonstrating their
strength. (Even shaking hands with them, you get the message
that they are not exchanging amity but demonstrating power.)
Most societies shunt these types into the military where their
propensities are put to proper ethological use, defending the
tribal turf. The anal orientation of this circuit explains the oddity
of military speech first noted by Norman Mailer: "ass" means
one's whole self and "shit" means all surrounding circumstance.


These four quadrants have been known since the dawn of selfconsciousness.
For instance, in the terminology of the medieval
psychology of "humours," these four imprint-types are known as:
Clockwise, the Sanguinary type (friendly strength) was identified
with the Lion archetype and the element, fire. The Lion,
because of the dignity of these big cats, represents "good"
strength, and the fire represents power. The Phlegmatic type
(friendly weakness) was identified with the Angel archetype and
the element water: these people are "too sensitive to fight" and
"go with the flow." The Choleric types were identified with the
Bull archetype (truculent suspicion, paranoia) and the element,
earth, standing for sluggish pseudo "stupidity." (This is the traditional
stance of defeated races dealing with their conquerors.)
The Bilius types (hostile strength) were identified with the Eagle
archetype (symbol of Imperial Rome, the German royal family,
etc.) and the element air, air probably means sky, because these
types seem "high and mighty."
These symbols go back a long way; Cabalists find them in the
Old Testament (where, indeed, the lion-angel-bull-eagle appear
in Ezekiel). They are found constantly in Catholic art, associated
with the four evangelists (Matthew-angel, Mark-lion, Luke-bull,
John-eagle)1 and run all through the design of Tarot card decks,
medieval and modern.

It is the Phlegmatic (friendly weakness; dependent neurotic)
type who generally turn up in the psychotherapist's office seeking
reimprinting voluntarily. They are not-okay, but they have
great faith that the therapist is okay.
The Bilius (hostile strength) and Choleric (hostile weakness)
arrive in therapy, if at all, only because their associates or families,
or more commonly, a law court, has ordered them to try to
reimprint their compulsive hostilities.
The Sanguinary (friendly strength) type virtually never comes
for psychotherapy. He or she is satisfied with his or her life, and
so is the rest of society. Alas, they nonetheless can get to the
position where they need therapy of some sort, simply because
they may take on too much responsibility and carry too many
burdens. They will generally arrive at the therapists only if sent
there by an M.D. who has intuited where their ulcers came from.
This system is not meant to be rigid or to imply that there are
only four types of humanoid robots. The later circuits, still to be
discussed, modify all this considerably: some imprints are wobbly
(cover two or more quadrants partly); and we are all capable
of sudden brain change. It is also important to realize that the
four archetypes are for convenience only—and they are convenient,
as witness their reappearance in Transactional Analysis,
where their historical connection with Lion-Angel-Bull-Eagle
isn't even recognized. But each quadrant can be subdivided
much more sharply, if necessary for diagnostic purposes.

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Thus, if you put these four primates on a desert island, you
can predict, with virtually as much certainty as a chemist telling
us what will happen if four elements are compounded, that
Subject #1 and #4 (Friendly Strength and Hostile Strength) will
both try to take over—#1 to help the others, #4 because SHe
can't imagine anybody else in control. #1 will submit to #4
because #1 wants things to run smoothly for the good of all, and
they never will run smoothly if #4 is not TOP DOG. #2, Friendly
Weakness, will not care whether #1 or #4 rules, just so long as
somebody else is making the decisions. And #3 will complain
(and complain, and complain), no matter who is in charge, while
skillfully avoiding any action that would require taking personal
responsibility.

We say merely that, whether or not you or I were
born with a predisposition for one quadrant, all organisms are
born with a predisposition for imprint vulnerability, and the
imprint, once set in the neural circuitry, acts as robotically as any
genetic hard-wiring.
How imprints can be changed will be discussed as we
proceed. The exercizes in each chapter are intended to make
imprints a little less rigid, a little more flexible.

The top two quadrants of the Leary grid—Friendly Strength
and Hostile Strength—correspond roughly to what Nietzsche
called Herrenmoral, the ethics of ruling classes. Indeed, Hostile
Strength is the embodiment of Nietzsche's "Blond Beast," the
primitive conqueror-pirate type we find at the dawn of every
civilization. This is what Nietzsche also called the "animal" or
"unsublimated" form of the Will to Power.
(Friendly Strength on the other hand does not correspond,
except very slightly, to Nietzsche's "sublimated Will to Power."
To find that we will have to wait until we come to the Fifth
[Neurosomatic] Circuit—the stage of Conscious Evolution.)

the Flower
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Child a potential Mansonized robot-killer—reappears in modern
clinical parlance as the concept of "passive aggressive."
Occultists in their strange jargon describe these types as
"psychic vampires."

Any system for describing human behavior should be flexible
enough to be extended indefinitely, and should also still contain
meaning when reduced back to its fundamentals.

Obviously, an ideally "balanced" person—that is, one not
robotized and able to adjust to circumstances as they arise—
would not be so off-centered. Such a person would be able to
move a little bit into each quadrant "according to the times and
seasons" as the Chinese say, but would basically maintain a
centered detachment between all of them. She or he could be
graphed as a circle:
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The dark inner circle would represent the adamantine individuality
of this ideally detached person—detached from robot
imprints. The grey circle would represent the ability to move out
into each quadrant in times when that was necessary.
Circles of this sort, called mandalas, are widely used for
meditation in the Buddhist tradition. Often they are cornered by
four demons who evidently, like the Occidental lion, bull, angel
and eagle, represent the extremes to be avoided.


.. .being humus, the same returns.
— James Joyce, Finnegans Wake
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EXERCIZES
1. Whenever you meet a young male or female, ask yourself
consciously, "If it came to hand-to-hand combat, could I beat
him/her' ?" Then try to determine how much of your behavior is
based on unconsciously asking and answering that question via
pre-verbal "body language."
2. Get roaring drunk and pound the table, telling everybody in
a loud voice just what dumb assholes they all are.1
3. Get a book on meditation, practice for two fifteen-minute
sessions every day for a month, and then go see somebody who
always manages to upset you or make you defensive. See if they
can still press your territorial retreat buttons.2
4. Spend a week-end at an Encounter Group. During the first
half-day, try to intuit which quadrant each participant is coming
1 Opiates and small does of alcohol seem to trigger neuro-transmitters
characteristic of Circuit I breast-fed tranquillity. Large doses of alcohol
often reverse this and trigger neuro-transmitters characteristic of
territorial struggle. Note the anal vocabulary of hostile drunks as their
alcoholic intake increases.
2 A good book on Meditation is Undoing Yourself With Energized
Meditation & Other Devices, by Christopher S. Hyatt, Ph.D., (New
Falcon Publications).
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from. At the end, see if any of them have become less robotized.
See if you have become less robotized.
5. Go to the Lion House at the zoo. Study the lions until you
feel you really understand their tunnel-reality.
6. Rent a video of the kind of comedy that small children
like—the Three Stooges, Abbott & Costello, etc. Observe carefully,
and think about what function this humor serves; but don't
neglect to laugh at it yourself.
7. Spend all day Sunday looking at animal shows on TV
(getting stoned on weed, if this is permissible to you). Then go
into the office the next day and observe the primate pack hierarchy
carefully, like a scientist.


DICKENS & JOYCE:
THE TWO-CIRCUIT
DIALECTIC
That why all parks up excited about his gunnfodder. That why
ecrazyaztecs and crime ministers preaching him mornings.
— James Joyce, Finnegans Wake

But it only does so to the extent that people are robotized:
trapped in hard-wired reflexes.
When the accumulated facts, gimmicks, tools, techniques and
gadgets of neuro-science—the science of brain change and brain
liberation—reaches a certain critical mass, we will all be able to
free ourselves from these robot cycles.

THE TIME-BINDING
SEMANTIC CIRCUIT
It says that when you put two minds together, there is always a
third mind, a third and superior mind, as an unseen collaborator.
— William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, The Third Mind
HUMAN BEINGS ARE TIME-BINDERS
The third semantic circuit handles artifacts and makes a "map" (realitytunnel)
which can be passed on to others, even across generations.
These "maps" may be paintings, blueprints, words, concepts, tools
(with instructions on use transmitted verbally), theories, music, etc.

Human beings (domesticated primates) are symbol-using creatures;
which means, as the pioneer semanticist, Korzybski, noted,
that those who rule symbols, rule us.
If Moses, Confucius, Buddha, Mohammed, Jesus and St. Paul
can be considered living influences—and they are: look around
the world—this is only because their Signal has been carried to
us by human symbol systems. These systems include words, artworks,
music, rituals and unrecognized rituals ("games") through
which culture is transmitted.

Newton and
Socrates, Shakespeare and Jefferson, etc. continue to "rule" parts
of humanity in the same way—through the semantic circuit.
We are ruled even more, and even less consciously, by the
inventors of the wheel, the plow, the alphabet, even the Roman
roads.

The semantic circuit allows us to sub-divide things, and
reconnect things, at pleasure. There is no end to its busy-busybusy
labeling and packaging of experience. On the personal
level, this is the "internal monologue" discovered by Joyce in
Ulysses. On the historical level, this is the time-binding function
described by Korzybski, which allows each generation to add
new categories to our mental library—connecting new things,
separating new things, reclassifying and reshuffling forever. In
this time-binding dimension


Most of the world was illiterate until the 1970s.
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Rustie - Death Mountain

Robert Anton Wilson - Prometheus Rising (book)

Now I am not unmindful of the fact that the Utopia of which
Wilson speaks, echoing many of the best scientific and philosophic
minds of our day, is a distinct possibility at some time, but
that it could occur within the next decade seems rather improbable
to me. It seems improbable of course only in terms of the
current state of world enlightenment, or lack of it, and because it
implies a "miracle" occurring in vast numbers of living primates
simultaneously—whatever semantic theories are involved in the
meaning of the word "simultaneously."

This writing reminds me so much of the Hindu concept of
Indra's Net. The latter is sometimes described as being a great
net extending throughout the whole universe, vertically to represent
time, horizontally to represent space. At each point where
the threads of this Indra's net cross one another is a diamond or a
crystal bead, the symbol of a single existence. Each crystal bead
reflects on its shining surface not only every other bead in the
whole net of Indra but every single reflection of every reflection
of every other bead upon each individual bead—countless,
endless reflections of one another. We could also liken it to a
single candle being placed in the centre of a large hall. Around
this hall tens of mirrors are arranged in such a manner that, when
the candle was lit, one saw not only its reflection in each individual
mirror, but also the reflections of the reflections in every
other mirror repeated ad infinitum.

One of the several virtues of Prometheus Rising is that Wilson
using Leary's neurological circuits believes that a new philosophical
paradigm is about due. In reality, this is really Wilson's
answer to my proposed criticism of his Utopian fantasy. It may
not be within a decade that we shall realize whether it is true or
false. But that is not important. What is clear is that thanks to the
insights of many modern thinkers, major new intellectual findings
do not come solely from the slow drip and grind of tiny new
discoveries, or from new theories simply being added to our present
armamentarium of time-honoured truisms. Rather, quantum
leaps, in outlook ala Teilhard de Chardin, occur with a fantastic
jump to a new horizon or level of perception. This insight usually
comes from a revolutionary overview which realigns or transforms
former thinking into a new and more enlightening frame
of reference.

The transition to a higher order of functioning—or hooking
on to a higher neural circuit—is often accompanied by considerable
anxiety or a turbulence in personal life which seems as if the
organism were falling apart or breaking up. This phenomenon of
instability is really the way that every living organism—societies,
human primates, chemical solutions, etc.—shakes itself, as
it were, by myoclonisms or similar convulsions into new combinations
and permutations for higher and new levels of development.
So perhaps the space-time Utopia of a new area of primate
exploration has some validity after all, as indicating that the
more vigorous the disturbance or myoclonism the greater the
quantum jump into a higher neurological circuit.

I firmly believe that the transition to the next spiral
will not be smooth nor without much suffering and chaos.
All of which suggests, with Wilson and Leary, that the brain
is considerably more sophisticated than any of us previously had
imagined. It is quite possible that it operates in dimensions so
beyond the lower neural circuitry that it occasionally "throws us
a bone" every day so that we can continue to function in the
make-believe world of everyday status quo. In the meantime, it
is a multidimensional structure at ease in far more than the
narrow primate world we have been programmed to live in. It
may interpret waves and frequencies from other dimensions,
realms of "light," of meaningful unrestricted patterned reality—
that are here and now—and which transcend our present myopic
tunnel realities of our rigid perceptions and conceptualizations of
space and time.
If so, then the title of this book Prometheus Rising is representative
of more than a catchy title to a profound fascinating
book. It becomes a title, instead, to the very attempt which we
are now making to reach beyond ourselves with a quantum leap
into a new world which has been envisaged only by a very few.


We are all giants, raised by pygmies, who have learned to
walk with a perpetual mental crouch. Unleashing our full
stature—our total brain power—is what this book is all about.

Wilson describes himself as a 'guerrilla ontologist,' signifying
his intent to attack language and knowledge the way terrorists
attack their targets: to jump out from the shadows for an unprovoked
attack, then slink back and hide behind a hearty belly
laugh.
— Robert Sheaffer, The Skeptical Inquirer

THE THINKER &
THE PROVER
All that we are is the result of all that we have thought. It is
founded on thought. It is based on thought.
— Buddha, The Dhammapada
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William James, father of American psychology

"But, my dear lady," Professor James asked, as politely as
possible, "what holds up the turtle?"
"Ah," she said, "that's easy. He is standing on the back of
another turtle."
"Oh, I see," said Professor James, still being polite. "But
would you be so good as to tell me what holds up the second
turtle?"
"It's no use, Professor," said the old lady, realizing he was
trying to lead her into a logical trap. "It's turtles-turtles-turtles,
all the way!"

All human
minds work on fundamentally similar principles. Her universe
was a little bit weirder than most but it was built up on the same
mental principles as every other universe people have believed
in.
As Dr. Leonard Orr has noted, the human mind behaves as if
it were divided into two parts, the Thinker and the Prover.
The Thinker can think about virtually anything. History
shows that it can think the earth is suspended on the backs of
infinite turtles or that the Earth is hollow, or that the Earth is
floating in space4,1 comparative religion and philosophy show
that the Thinker can regard itself as mortal, as immortal, as both
mortal and immortal (the reincarnation model) or even as nonexistent
(Buddhism). It can think itself into living in a Christian
universe, a Marxist universe, a scientific-relativistic universe, or
a Nazi universe—among many possibilities

As psychiatrists and psychologists have often observed (much
to the chagrin of their medical colleagues), the Thinker can think
itself sick, and can even think itself well again.
The Prover is a much simpler mechanism. It operates on one
law only: Whatever the Thinker thinks, the Prover proves.
To cite a notorious example which unleashed incredible
horrors earlier in this century, if the Thinker thinks that all Jews
are rich, the Prover will prove it.

If the Thinker thinks that the sun moves around the earth, the
Prover will obligingly organize all perceptions to fit that thought;
if the Thinker changes its mind and decides the earth moves
around the sun, the Prover will reorganize the evidence.

aware that one's own mind is working that way also.
It is believed, for instance, that some men are more
"objective" than others. (One seldom hears this about women...)
Businessmen are allegedly hard-nosed, pragmatic and "objective"
in this sense. A brief examination of the dingbat politics
most businessmen endorse will quickly correct that impression.
Scientists, however, are still believed to be objective. No
study of the lives of the great scientists will confirm this. They
were as passionate, and hence as prejudiced, as any assembly of
great painters or great musicians. It was not just the Church but
also the established astronomers of the time who condemned
Galileo. The majority of physicists rejected Einstein's Special
Relativity Theory in 1905. Einstein himself would not accept
anything in quantum theory after 1920 no matter how many
experiments supported it. Edison's commitment to direct current
(DC) electrical generators led him to insist alternating current
(AC) generators were unsafe for years after their safety had been
proven to everyone else.'

Edison's pigheadedness on this matter was partly the result of his
jealousy against Nikola Tesla, inventor of AC generators. Tesla, on
the other hand, refused the Nobel Prize when it was offered to him
and Edison jointly because he refused to appear on the same platform
with Edison. Both of these geniuses were only capable of "objectivity"
and science in certain limited laboratory conditions.

Science achieves, or approximates, objectivity not because the
individual scientist is immune from the psychological laws that
govern the rest of us, but because scientific method—a group
creation—eventually overrides individual prejudices, in the long
run.

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In the long run, we are hopefully approximating closer and
closer to "objective Truth" over the centuries.
In the short run, Orr's law always holds:
Whatever the Thinker thinks, the Prover will prove.'

EXERCIZES
Sad as it is to say, you never understand anything by merely
reading a book about it. That's why every science course
includes laboratory experiments, and why every consciousnessliberation
movement demands practice of yogas, meditations,
confrontation techniques, etc. in which the ideas are tested in the
laboratory of your own nervous system.
The reader will absolutely not understand this book unless he
or she does the exercizes given at the end of each chapter.


5. With your own ingenuity, invent similar experiments and
each time compare the two theories—"selective attention"
(coincidence) vs. "mind controls everything" (psychokinesis).


If you think you have learned the lessons of these exercizes in
less than six months, you haven't really been working at them.
With real work, in six months you should be just beginning to
realize how little you know about everything.
10. Believe it possible that you can float

"Believe" or "convince yourself mean to do what an actor does:
pretend until the pretense begins to feel real. Or, as Jazz musicians
say: "Fake it until you make it."

Tentative Model #1: The perceived universe is a mixture of the
"real universe" and our own "Thinker"—proving its pet beliefs.


CHAPTER TWO
HARDWARE &
SOFTWARE:
THE BRAIN & ITS
PROGRAMS

We, as a species, exist in a world in which exist a myriad of data
points.1 Upon these matrices of points we superimpose a structure2
and the world makes sense to us. The pattern of the structure
originates within our biological and sociological properties.3
— Persinger and Lafreniere,
Space-Time Transients and Unusual Events

We will, throughout this book, consider the human brain a kind
of bio-computer—an electro-colloidal computer, as distinct from
the electronic or solid-state computers which exist outside our
heads.
Please note carefully and long remember that we have not
said that the human brain is a computer. The Aristotelian idea
that to understand something you must know what it is has been
abandoned in one science after another, for the pragmatic reason
that the simple word "is" introduces so many metaphysical
assumptions that we can argue forever about them. In the most
advanced sciences, such as mathematical physics, nobody talks
about what anything is anymore. They talk about what model (or
map) can best be used to understand whatever we are investigating.

Thus, when you read
anywhere that A is B, it will clarify matters if you translate this
as "A can be considered as, or modeled by, B."
When we say A is B, we are saying that A is only what it
appears within our field of study or our area of specialization.
This is saying too much. When we say A can be considered as B,
or modeled by B, we are saying exactly as much as we have a
right to say, and no more.
We therefore say that the brain can be considered as a computer;
but we do not say it is a computer.


Any chemical that gets into the brain, changes the gel-sol
balance, and "consciousness" is accordingly influenced. Thus,
potatoes are, like LSD, "psychedelic"—in a milder way. The
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changes in consciousness when one moves from a vegetarian
diet
to an omnivorous diet, or vice versa, are also "psychedelic."

Since "What the Thinker thinks, the Prover proves," all of our
ideas are psychedelic. Even without experimenting with diet or
drugs, whatever you think you should see, you will see—unless
it is physically impossible in this universe.
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All experience is a muddle, until we make a model to explain it. The
model can clarify the muddles, but the model is never the muddle
itself. "The map is not the territory"; the menu does not taste like
the meal.

Every computer consists of two aspects, known as hardware
and software. (Software here includes information).

In speaking of the human brain as an electro-colloidal
biocomputer, we all know where the hardware is: it is inside the
human skull.


For instance, the software "in" my brain also exists
outside my brain in such forms as, say, a book I read twenty
years ago, which was an English translation of various signals
transmitted by Plato 2400 years ago. Other parts of my software
are made up of the software of Confucius, James Joyce, my
second-grade teacher, the Three Stooges, Beethoven, my mother
and father, Richard Nixon, my various dogs and cats, Dr. Carl
Sagan, and anybody and (to some extent) any-thing that has ever
impacted upon my brain. This may sound strange, but that's the
way software (or information) functions.

Of course, if consciousness consisted of nothing but this
undifferentiated tapioca of timeless, spaceless software, we
would have no individuality, no center, no Self.
We want to know, then, how out of this universal software
ocean a specific person emerges.
What the Thinker thinks, the Prover proves.
Because the human brain, like other animal brains, acts as an
electro-colloidal computer, not a solid-state computer, it follows
the same laws as other animal brains. That is, the programs get
into the brain, as electro-chemical bonds, in discrete quantum
stages.
Each set of programs consists of four basic parts:
1 . Genetic Imperatives. Totally hard-wired programs or
"instincts."
2. Imprints. These are more-or-less hard wired programs
which the brain is genetically designed to accept only at certain
points in its development. These points are known, in ethology,
as times of imprint vulnerability.
3. Conditioning. These are programs built onto the imprints.
They are looser and fairly easy to change with counter-conditioning.
4. Learning. This is even looser and "softer" than conditioning.
In general, the primordial imprint can always over-rule any
subsequent conditioning or learning. An imprint is a species of
software that has become built-in hardware, being impressed on
the tender neurons when they are peculiarly open and vulnerable.
Imprints (software frozen into hardware) are the non-negotiable
aspects of our individuality. Out of the infinity of possible
programs existing as potential software, the imprint establishes
the limits, parameters, perimeters within which all subsequent
conditioning and learning occurs.
YOUR HARDWARE IS LOCALIZED:
BRAIN CELLS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.
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Each successive imprint complicates the software which
programs our experience and which we experience as "reality."

Following Dr. Timothy Leary (with a few modifications) we
shall divide this brain hardware into eight circuits for convenience.
("For convenience" means that this is the best map I know
at present. I assume it will be replaced by a better map within 10
or 15 years; and in any case, the map is not the territory.)
Four of the circuits are "antique" and conservative, they exist
in everybody (except feral children).
1. The Oral Bio-Survival Circuit. This is imprinted by the
mother or the first mothering object and conditioned by
subsequent nourishment or threat. It is primarily concerned with
sucking, feeding, cuddling, and body security. It retreats
mechanically from the noxious or predatory—or from anything
associated (by imprinting or conditioning) with the noxious or
predatory.
2. The Anal Emotional-Territorial Circuit. This is imprinted
in the "Toddling" stage when the infant rises up, walks about and
begins to struggle for power within the family structure. This
mostly mammalian circuit processes territorial rules, emotional
games, or cons, pecking order and rituals of domination or
submission.
3. The Time-Binding Semantic Circuit. This is imprinted and
conditioned by human artifacts and symbol systems. It "handles"
and "packages" the environment, classifying everything according
to the local reality tunnel. Invention, calculation, prediction
and transmitting signals across generations are its functions.
4. The "Moral" Socio-Sexual Circuit. This is imprinted by the
first orgasm-mating experiences at puberty and is conditioned by
tribal taboos. It processes sexual pleasure, local definitions of
"right" and "wrong," reproduction, adult-parental personality
(sex role) and nurture of the young.
The development of these circuits as the brain evolved
through evolution, and as each domesticated primate (human)
brain recapitulates evolution in growing from infancy to adulthood,
makes possible gene-pool survival, mammalian sociobiology
(pecking order, or politics) and transmission of culture.
The second group of four brain circuits is much newer, and
each circuit exists at present only in minorities. Where the
antique circuits recapitulate evolution-to-the-present, these futuristic
circuits ^recapitulate our future evolution.
5. The Holistic Neurosomatic Circuit. This is imprinted by
ecstatic experience, via biological or chemical yogas. It processes
neurosomatic ("mind-body") feedback loops, somatic-sensory
bliss, feeling "high," "faith-healing," etc. Christian Science, NLP
and holistic medicine consist of tricks or gimmicks to get this
circuit into action at least temporarily; Tantra yoga is concerned
with shifting consciousness entirely into this circuit.
6. The Collective Neurogenetic Circuit. This is imprinted by
advanced yogas (bio-chemical - electrical stresses). It processes
DNA-RNA-brain feedback systems and is "collective" in that it
contains and has access to the whole evolutionary "script," past
and future. Experience of this circuit is numinous, "mystical,"
mind-shattering; here dwell the archetypes of Jung's Collective
Unconscious—Gods, Goddesses, Demons, Hairy Dwarfs and
other personifications of the DNA programs (instincts) that
govern us.
7. The Meta-programming Circuit. This is imprinted by very
advanced yogas. It consists, in modern terms, of cybernetic consciousness,
reprogramming and reimprinting all other circuits,
even reprogramming itself, making possible conscious choice
between alternative universes or reality tunnels.
8. The Non-Local Quantum Circuit. This is imprinted by
Shock, by "near-death" or "clinical death" experience, by
OOBEs (out-of-body-experiences), by trans-time perceptions
("precognition"), by trans-space visions (ESP), etc. It tunes the
brain into the non-local quantum communication system suggested
by physicists such as Bohm, Walker, Sarfatti, Bell, etc.
These circuits will be explained in detail as we proceed

2. To understand hardware and software are (as applied to the
human brain) perform the following meditation.
Sit in a room where you will not be disturbed for a half hour
and begin thinking, "I am sitting in this room doing this exercize
because..." and list as many of the "causes" as you can think of.
For instance, you are doing this exercize because, obviously,
you read about it in this book. Why did you buy this book? Did
somebody recommend it? How did that person come into your
life? If you just picked the book up in a store, why did you
happen to be in just that store on just that day?

Why do you read books of this sort—on psychology, consciousness,
evolution etc.? How did you get interested in those
fields? Who turned you on, and how long ago? What factors in
your childhood inclined you to be interested in these subjects
later?
Why are you doing this exercize in this room and not elsewhere?
Why did you buy or rent this house or apartment? Why
are you in this city and not another? Why on this continent and
not another?
Why are you here at all—that is, how did your parents meet?
Did they consciously decide to have a child, do you happen to
know, or were you an accident? What cities were they born in? If
in different cities, why did they move in space-time so that their
paths would intersect?
Why is this planet capable of supporting life, and why did it
produce the kind

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ANSWER QUICKLY NOW
ARE YOU YOUR HARDWARE,
OR YOUR SOFTWARE?
OR BOTH?

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Pete Philly & Perquisite - "Hope (DJ Mitsu the Beats Remix)"



Sometimes my hope slips away
I go through the day
Without a way to see passed the decay
To say a better day is coming got me running my mind
Wondering if I’m cunning enough to find
A new pattern of though designed
So I can deal with this land of concrete
Cause them facts are i’ll yo we’re facing defeat from the trees to the sees to the seeds of the ghetto
The fleas on the dogs back have already settled in
Won’t allow no meddeling cause they shoot
Do anything for the loot
Wicked politicians making wicked decisions
Straight lying to the public so they can begin another mission of war
Man eyes are sore
Shit’s hardcore
We can all make a change what we waiting for?
There’s a million other people who feel like I feel
Too many cats are ending up with the raw deal for real
But, I read a boek take a look
Put it all in perspective ignore the crooks
Who be rocking their politricks, while running for president
If we want their asses kicked, then let’s set a precedent
See it’s not you versus me
But it’s you and me versus the war-industry
If you’re asking me what it is that we can do
Agaist idiots like G.W. it’s follow through

Chorus:
It’s what makes you cope
It’s what makes you grow
It’s what makes you go against the grain
When they tell you no
But you’ve got to show
Your friends and foes it’s time for change
It’s what makes you cope
It’s what makes you grow
It’s whats makes you go against the grain
But they can’t tell you no
Because now you know the healing when you get hope

I’m holding on like someone pushed me over the edge
So sometimes when I rhyme it just go overyour head
I try to bring it down to earth wothout sounding berserk
It’s for the people high and mighty and them down in the dirt
Put it work like I’m nickle and diming
Standing on the corner religious like a shaman I aint thicking with rhyming
The punchlines, while they tickle your spine
They picket the line
And I’ll never font for you, you aint getting consigment people hope to get signed but to they suprise
The industry falling down right infront of they eye
On my block brothers don’t live brothers survive
Mothers pray through the night and hope they son is alive
Check the stoop, then the corner, then he hospital
The citymorgue, matter of fact shit
I got to go
To my son’s school
Where they call me brother Kweli
No time for crying
Waiting and hoping like Buddy Holy

Chorus:
It’s what makes you cope
It’s what makes you grow
It’s what makes you go against the grain
When they tell you no
But you’ve got to show
Your friends and foes it’s time for change
It’s what makes you cope
It’s what makes you grow
It’s whats makes you go against the grain
But they can’t tell you no
Because now you know the healing when you get hope

I’m hoping for better days and better ways to express
I’m hoping for spiritual growth and some mental progress
Hoping I’ll won’t be choking when it’s time to take the test of the time
As I’m standing in the limelight and rhyme
Will I shine? Will I be remembered as a person who took the time and opportunity to find the goodness of his own kind?
The kindness of this mankind
The kind that makes the cynic in me just relax and unwind
It’s the state of mind you can find me in
When I’m kicking back and I’m chilling
Lookin at playing childeren, impressive buildings
And I’m thinking that we more that the money hungry idiots
Mass-marketing cats claim we be
Man they can’t get whit us it’s the fuss of living
Looking for a balance between taking an giving and making a living
Whitout making a pre-emptive killing, shit has go to stop
I hope we’ll find the revolution back in hiphop

Beardyman - Where Does Your Mind Go (Acoustic) // Mahogany Session

BeardyMan Montreal Comedy Festival 2011


BeardyMan Montreal Comedy Festival 2011

Passafire - Barcelona

Robert Anton Wilson - Prometheus Rising (book)

dove sta memora

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The eight-circuit model of consciousness in this book and much
of its future-vision derive from the writings of Dr. Timothy
Leary, whose letters and conversations have also influenced
many other ideas herein. I also owe great debts to Dr. O.R.
Bontrager, for introducing me to semantics and communication
sciences generally; to R. Buckminister Fuller, for general sociological
technological perspectives on current problems; and to all
of the following: Barbara Hubbard, Alan Harrington, P.M.
Esfandiary, Dr. Paul Watzlavik, Dr. Eric Berne, Dr. Paul Segall,
Dr. Israel Regardie, Alvin Toffler, Phil Laut, Dr. Sigmund Freud,
Dr. Carl Jung, Alan Watts, Alfred Korzybski, and Aleister
Crowley. The members of the Physics/Consciousness Research
Group (Dr. Jack Sarfatti, Dr. Nick Herbert and Saul Paul Sirag)
have contributed more than is indicated by my few brief references
to quantum theory in these pages; they clarified my whole
comprehension of epistemology.
None of these persons are responsible for my mistakes or
over-statements.

PREFACE
TO THE SECOND EDITION
Screw the government!—
Legends of the Fall
Screw the middle class!
— Evita

Then I expressed myself a little more bluntly (and
perhaps snidely) in many places, adding much to the humor and
nothing to the good taste. I also wrote a few more chapters,
created all the exercizes, and sketched out diagrams for the
illustrations.

I
had good reason, based on experience, to feel rather strongly
that, just as Dr. Tim was blacklisted by Establishment publishers
at that time, any book openly and blatantly based largely on his
ideas would also get thrown in the junk heap.

"Oh frabjous day!"
A month later, I heard from Tarcher again: he had changed his
mind and decided he wanted the book after all. I was in one of
my periods of acute poverty then (something that happens periodically
to all freelance writers) and it was with great effort that I
refrained from telling Mr. Tarcher to go fuck himself. I just told
him I had a contract with another publisher.

Prometheus was one of Falcon's first books and, I think, the
first done with computerized typesetting; as usual with such
pioneering efforts, it emerged with a phalanx of typos that have
embarrassed me considerably over the years.

(Wilson's Tenth Law: no matter how
many times a writer proofs a book, hostile critics will always
find at least one error that he missed.)

I have also updated every place where I thought updating
seemed necessary. I even added a few new ideas (which, of
course, seem brilliant to me just because they are new) and some
new jokes and generally gave the text a badly-needed face-lift. It
is still one of my favorite books, and seems to rank high in the
estimation of most of my fans.

In Germany-Switzerland-Austria in the late 1980s, three
German versions existed simultaneously—a deluxe edition from
Sphinx Verlag of Zurich, a mass-market paperback from Rowalt
Verlag of Hamburg, and an even cheaper pirate edition from the
busy troglodytes of the unterwelt

I feel only mildly
embarrassed by the predictions that proved over-optimistic. (I
have revised them, of course, in keeping with my current knowledge
and best guesses). I feel much more astonished, and
pleased, that many of the predictions now seem much less shocking
than when I first published them. Indeed, the wildest and
most "Utopian" future-scans in here are


To see two
decades ahead, even in a few areas, counts as some sort of success
in the Futurism game. And every bulletin from the embattled
MIR space station reminds me that if my space forecasts
projected "too much too soon," part of what I expected does in
fact already exist and the rest is obviously evolving


"youth revolution" had terrified
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our ruling Elite, or that they would try to prevent future upsurges
of radical Utopianism by deliberately "dumbing down" the
educational system.

What they have produced, the so-called
Generation X, must rank as not only the most ignorant but also
the most paranoid and depressive kids ever to infest our Republic.
I agree with outlaw radio star Travis Hipp that the paranoia
and depression result inevitably from the ignorance. These kids
not only don't know anything; they don't even want to know.1
They only realize, vaguely, that somebody has screwed them out
of something, but they don't have enough zest or bile to try to
find out who screwed them and what they were screwed out of.
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Eventually, in order to compete, the Elite will have to allow a bit
more education for American youth, before we sink fully to the
level of a Third World nation.


"Did you know you can make fire out of ice?
You can, you know. Fire out of ice. Think about it. Fire out of
ice. Think. Think."

This riddle has both a pragmatic and symbolic (alchemical)
answer. The pragmatic answer you can find in the film, explicitly;
and it might prove useful if you ever get lost in the north
woods; and the alchemical, or Zen Buddhist, answer is also in
the film, implicitly, and only perceptible to those who understand
One of the spokespersons for Gen X, named Shann Nix, has a talk
show on KGO, one of the most powerful radio signals on the West
Coast.

The ability to create a synthesis of diverse points of view, scientific
and social and philosophical, is a rare gift. Not many are
there who dare even to attempt such a task.
Imagine anyone trying to make sense of an amalgam of
Timothy Leary's eight neurological circuits, Gurdjieff s selfobservation
exercises, Korzybski's general semantics, Aleister
Crowley's magical theorems, the several disciplines of Yoga,
Christian Science, relativity and modern quantum mechanics,
and many other approaches to understanding the world around
us! A man is required with an almost encyclopedic education, an
incredibly flexible mind, insights as sharp as those whom he is
trying synthesize and mirabile dictu, a wonderful sense of
humor.


For several years—ever since I first became familiar with the
writings of Robert Anton Wilson—I have been struck with his
ever-present sense of bubbling humor and the wide scope of his
intellectual interests.
Once I was even so presumptuous as to
warn him in a letter that his humor was much too good to waste
on hoi polloi who generally speaking would not understand it
and might even resent it. However this effervescent lightness of
heart became even more apparent in Cosmic Trigger and more
latterly in the trilogy of Schrodinger's Cat. I have sometimes
wondered whether his extraordinarily wide range of intellectual
roving is too extensive and therefore perplexing to the average
reader.
Be that as it may, the humor and synthesis are even more
marked in this brilliant ambitious piece of writing, Prometheus
Rising.
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Even if your reading has already made you familiar with some
of the concepts employed by Wilson in this book, nonetheless his
elucidation even of the simplest, the most basic, is illuminating.

There are dozens of similar seeds of wisdom sown throughout
Prometheus Rising that are bound to have a seminal effect
wherever and whenever the book is read. This is one of the many
virtues of Wilson's book; it will leave its mark on all those who
read it—and those seeds will surely take root and bloom in the
most unlikely minds—as well as in the more prosaic. Tarot
advocates will find the most unusual and illuminating
interpretations of some of their favorite cards when he falls back
on the basic neural circuits. I found them all illuminating as
providing a new viewpoint which had to be integrated into my
general view of such matters.


The only area where I was reluctantly inclined to be at odds
with Wilson was in what I considered to be his addiction to a
Utopia—which he eloquently enough expresses as "the birth
pangs of a cosmic Prometheus rising out of the long nightmare of
domesticated primate history." The history of mankind is also
the history of one Utopia after another, being enunciated with
enthusiasm and vigor, calling upon all the facts of faith and
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science (as they existed at that moment in space-time) to corroborate
the fantasy. A decade or maybe a century elapse—and the
fantasy is no more. The Utopia has gone down the drain to join
all the other Utopias of earlier primates. However, I sincerely
hope that Wilson is right in this case.


In a previously written book, Wilson wrote that
[in] 1964, Dr. John S. Bell published a demonstration that still
has the physicists reeling. What Bell seemed to prove was that
quantum effects are 'non-local' in Bohm's sense; that is, they
are not just here or there, but both. What this apparently means
is that space and time are only real to our mammalian sense
organs; they are not really real.
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